Local and federal officials gathered for what was the first of many meetings following Evansville’s Promise Zone designation.
In June, Evansville receieved the designation which is administered by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The designation could bring millions of dollars in federal investment to some of the city’s most impoverished neighborhoods.
It also moves the city up to the top of the list when it comes to competing for federal grants.
Local leaders began planning and discussing what will happen over the next few months in hopes that the community can best take advantage of the Promise Zone.
Federal officials say the designation has worked wonders in other communities.
HUD Midwest Regional Administrator Antonio Riley says, “When you hear Promise Zone, don’t think it’s some fancy sounding government program. There are actual communities out there who are really taking full advantage of this and this is what you have the opportunity to do here today.”
Evansville’s Promise Zone includes the Jacobsville neighborhood, the south side, and the southeast side.
In this area, poverty is at nearly 40%.